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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

GLyphy is an experiment in high-quality glyph rendering using OpenGL ES2 shaders.  It's a project of mine at Google that I never really publicly announced.

I worked on it mostly in 2011 and 2012.  The work was then stalled when I refocused on HarfBuzz, but also because there were no immediate target platform for it.  That has changed recently as mobile GPUs have caught up and can run GLyphy fairly well now.  So I'll be spending more time on it this year.

Last week at I presented GLyphy which was recorded.  The video is here.  And there's a mailing list for it.  The source for the slides are here.

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Sunday, January 05, 2014

In the Summer of 2003 I visited Ottawa for a Computer Science workshop.  Before getting there I also noticed that there's Ottawa Linux Symposium going on after my workshop, so I made it there, and stayed at Carlton's Leeds College.  It was my first Linux conference.  I knew no one.  I met Keith Packard for the first time.  The closing keynote was by Rusty Russel, and left me energized about the community.

Since then Free Software conferences have taken me to Montreal, Barcelona, Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Canary Islands, Austin, Boston, San Francisco, Istanbul, Wroclaw, Vienna, Berlin, and Amsterdam,  among others.  I got to become part of a fantastic community.

Last night I arrived in Perth, Australia, home to the last major conference I wanted to speak at.

Today, at registration, I saw Keith, so went to say hi.  He asked:

  - You here to talk about your crazy glyph rendering stuff?
  - Yes, have you seen it?
  - Oh yeah, it's insane!

Then I headed to the first-timers' session run by Rusty.

Walking last night at University of Western Australia's Trinity college campus made me realize how much I had missed the Free Software conference scene, and made me feel great being here.  That, and the southern-hemisphere night sky.